Madison Bumgarner becomes first pitcher with five homers since 2006
Madison Bumgarner hit his fifth home run of the season on Friday night. He's the first pitcher to hit five homers since Carlos Zambrano in 2006.
In a rematch of last year's NL wild-card game, the Giants are in Pittsburgh this weekend for a series with the Pirates. New Giant Marlon Byrd made a good first impression by hitting a two-run home run in his first at-bat with his new team Friday night.
In the second inning, Madison Bumgarner took Jeff Locke deep for his fifth home run of the season, and gosh, it was a no-doubter:
That was not a good pitch at all, but most of the time you can get away with that location when a pitcher is at the plate. Not against Bumgarner though. He clobbered that pitch for a two-run dinger.
With that swing, Bumgarner is the first pitcher with five home runs in one season since Carlos Zambrano went deep six times with the 2006 Cubs. Courtesy of the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index, here are the last five pitchers to hit at least five home runs in a season:
Bumgarner, 2015 (5 homers and counting)
Zambrano, 2006 (6)
Brooks Kieschnick, 2003 Brewers (7)
Mike Hampton, 2001 Rockies (7)
Bob Gibson, 1972 Cardinals (5)
Yep, we went without a five-homer pitcher from 1973-2000. Bumgarner is also the first pitcher to homer in consecutive starts since Alex White in 2012.
Bumgarner still has about eight starts left this season, so he has some time to pad his homer total. Baseball has not had a pitcher hit eight home runs since Wes Ferrell hit nine in 1933. That's a lofty total, but boy, Bumgarner is locked in right now.
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